Falling Waters - commonly referred to as Spring Mills - is a small community in northern Berkeley County lying between Martinsburg, West Virginia and Hagerstown, Maryland. The town has a population of approximately 1,000 residents and is mostly a residential community.
Like much of West Virignia, Falling Waters has a rich history dating back prior to the Civil War. The town was established in 1815, but even before that it was said to be the original town of the railroad where it was first invented in 1814. During the Civil War Falling Waters was the backdrop for two famous battles - the Battle of Hoke's Run in 1861 and the Battle of Williamsport in 1863. during which the famous George Custer fought off the Confederate troops.
Falling Waters isn't all history though and is actually one of the fastest growing areas in the Eastern Panhandle. The community boasts some of the newest schools in the district, the Wal-Mart Super Center, and several restaurants nearby. For take-out Chinese, the open kitchen China Spring tops the list for me. An open view into a very clean kitchen, an online ordering system, and food served in clear-top Tupperware make for a quality Chinese restaurant. If you are looking for a nice, cheap family meal then look no further than Pizza Montese - a buffet style pizza and pasta joint that is great for gatherings. For Mexican cuisine there is nothing in the area better than Cinco de Mayo with great food, excellent drink deals, and a comfortable family-friendly environment.
Cinco de Mayo
The convenient location of Falling Waters, set twenty minutes from Martinsburg, West Virginia in Berkeley County; Shepherdstown, West Virginia in Jefferson County; and Hagerstown, Maryland in Washington County, is a leading reason many locals are relocating to the area. One of the long-term draws for Falling Waters is the convenient travel into Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, and the cities nearby. The town stretches across two exits on Interstate-81, Spring Mills and Falling Waters/Marlow, and is a short distance from the Interstate-70 junction.
Real estate in northern Berkeley County has been booming in recent years creating a seller's market in the region. Falling Waters in particular is a hot area with families moving to the area so that their children can go to the newest high school in Berkeley County. Singles and elderly alike also seek out Spring Mills for the opportunity to settle in an area with a diversity of new construction types, up-and-coming commercial developments, and easy access into neighboring communities.
The rental market in Falling Waters is one with a range of choices. Several small apartment complexes are available as well as an abundance of single-family homes. Rental rates may be at a slight premium for comparable properties across the rest of Berkeley County. Rents range from around $600 for a small one bedroom or two bedroom unit to around $1,800 for a large single-family home. Buyers will find that properties are predominantly one acre lots or smaller with a variety of home styles constructed. Prices are generally in line with the rest of Berkeley County, but buyers may see a slight premium depending on the specific location. Falling Waters covers a large swath of land - over a square mile - so there are an assortment of property types and locations.
**This article was written by Adam Miller. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect Coldwell Banker or its affiliates. The above information is for promotional purposes and may not be factual.**